Are Online Courses good or bad?

As online education is catching up fast, more and more institutions are offering different online courses in different subjects. But there are many who believe that regular classrooms are much better as compared to online sessions. Here we discuss both.

Created On: Oct 16, 2017 19:04 IST
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Online course is a new substitute to regular college degree these days. Many students seeking admission get to know that online courses are more specialised and affordable as compared to a three-year degree at a regular college. However, students have their own doubts about online degree that whether it is reliable and acknowledgeable or not.

Yes, students should go for an online course: One of the major benefits of online course is it’s much affordable cost of learning. Also, it saves a student’s energy and time spent in commuting to and from college for their regular classes. Online degree provides facility of flexible schedule and students can select it as per their convenience. Besides they can utilise their spare time by engaging in other activities or even part time jobs. Hence, students get an opportunity of learning while earning.

For online courses, students are provided with online study material and guidance notes. Also, the curriculum of online degree is designed in simple format so that students can easily progress as per their suitability.

Many prominent institutes offer online degree and e-learning certificates in various specialisations so that students can choose their interested stream. These online courses are recognised by many companies who want candidates with particular specialisation.

The online degree course is short term programme spanning from six months to two years as compared to regular degree. These e-learning courses also have assessment tests which are necessary to be given by the students so as to get the certificate of recognition.

No, students should not go for an online course: Online courses do not provide students an opportunity to develop their personality and communication skill which can be gained through regular degree programme at a college. Students get to interact with teachers, class mates as well as internship opportunities through regular degree which is not available in an online course. Moreover, students get their own mentors in college if they pursue a regular three-year degree programme.

Through a classroom based programme students are engaged in projects, assignments besides bi-annual assessment of their learning. For a successful online class, there should be a high speed, reliable and easily accessible internet connection failing which the students will be at a big loss which is not the case with classroom sessions.

Since there are many fake online programmes there are chances of fraud and unrecognised courses. In a classroom, students are engaged in various activities like debates, presentations, viva-voce etc. which develops their personality and confidence of public speaking

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